Future Perfect by Tricia Theis

numbers indicating which check-out line it is

The woman who stood in front of me in the checkout line at the grocery store had Down syndrome. She was shorter than me by almost a foot and I couldn’t tell how old she was.

Small Offerings by Jen Grow

tent set back in woods, can barely see it past ferns and tall trees

In 1995, I was living in a tent in the southern Appalachians trying to stay sober. I was twenty-eight years old, working at a camp for the summer, keeping notes of it all.

The Bolan Mail by Roberto Loiederman

fast-moving train as depicted by blur - you can see people on steps by doors

The train runs once per day in each direction. It carries mail, packages, cargo, and passengers, who have the option of sleeper class, sleeper class with air conditioning, and— cheapest of all—economy class, which was what I took in 1973…